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Cloves are the rich, brown, dried, unopened flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum, an evergreen tree in the myrtle family. The name comes from the French "clou" meaning nail.

Ground Cloves add spicy depth to gingerbread, cookies, applesauce, muffins, cakes, and other sweets. It's a secret ingredient in barbecue and cocktail sauces. Blend Ground Cloves with maple syrup and drizzle over cooked sweet potatos and winter squash. Add a few Whole Cloves to bean and split pea soups (remove before serving). Eugenol (clove oil) will collect and cake in the container when Cloves are stored in a warm place. If you choose to grind your own Cloves, do not use a grinder that has plastic parts. Clove oil can cloud some plastics. Much of the world crop is used in Indonesia for Clove cigarettes, called "kreteks".

Cloves are strong, pungent, and sweet.

Cloves are native to the Molucca Islands, now a part of Indonesia. Cloves have been used for thousands of years. One of the earliest references to them says that the Chinese, in order to approach the emperor, had to have a few Cloves in their mouths to sweeten the breath. Cloves were once very costly and played an important part in world history. Wars were fought in Europe and with native islanders to secure rights to the profitable Clove business. Natives in the Molucca Islands planted a Clove tree for each child born. They believed that the fate of the tree was linked to the fate of that child. In 1816, the Dutch set a fire to destroy Clove trees and raise prices. The natives revolted in a bloody battle which changed the climate and politics of the area forever. Cloves also come from Madagascar, Brazil, Panang, and Ceylon.

Cloves have been used for the topical treatment of toothache. Clove has also been used for the common cold, cough, and inflammation of the mouth or throat.

Relevant Recipes for Cloves

Recipe Names

  1. Carrots With Olives And Twenty Cloves Of Garlic
  2. Chicken Of The 101 Cloves Of Garlic
  3. Chicken With 40 Cloves Of Garlic
  4. Chicken With 40 Cloves Of Garlic
  5. Chicken With Forty Cloves Of Garlic
  6. Chicken With Forty Cloves Of Garlic
  7. Kota Kapama (Chicken Braised With Cinnamon And Cloves )
  8. Kota Kapama (Chicken Braised With Cinnamon and Cloves)
  9. Marinated Grilled Peaches With Cloves
  10. Roasted Chicken With 40 Cloves Of Garlic

Recipe Ingredients

  1. "40 Clove Chicken"
  2. "Andalusian" Partridge
  3. "Betty Crocker's" Fresh Tomato Salsa
  4. "Frank's Place" Crawfish Etouffee
  5. "La Bella Epoca" Tortilla Soup
  6. "Toasted" Corn Soup
  7. $20,000 Prize-Winning Chili
  8. 'Burn Your Fingers' Lamb - {D'Agnello Scottadito}
  9. 'Concia' Of Zucchini - {Concia Di Zucca}
  10. 'Gimme Both' Pumpkin-Pecan Pie W/Bourbon Whipped Cream
  11. 'One Cool 'Cado' Soup
  12. 'Sausage' And Pepper Heroes
  13. 'Spot Stickers' With Dipping Sauce And Green Onion Salad
  14. 'Three Sisters' Stew
  15. 1-Pot: Pastitsio Goes Light
  16. 1-Pot: Vegetable Bean Casserole
  17. 10-Minute White Pizza
  18. 101 Garlic Chicken
  19. 1981 Winning Recipe Chili - Mexican
  20. 1989 ICS World Championship Bowl Of Red
  21. 2-Minute Calamari, Sicilian Lifeguard-Style
  22. 20 Clove Of Garlic Roasted Game Hens
  23. 30 Minute Southern Classic: Country Captain Chicken
  24. 30-Min: Beef Fajitas
  25. 30-Min: Vegetable Penne
  26. 360 Rocket Salad
  27. 4 Cheese Stuffed Shells
  28. 4 Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp
  29. 400-Clove Garlic Turkey From The Stinking Rose
  30. A Basic Chicken Stock
  31. A Big Bowl Of Artichokes
  32. A Bowl Of Red
  33. A La Bordelaise Mushrooms (Bordeaux-style)
  34. A Meaningful Beaning Full Bean Salad
  35. A New Styled Ham
  36. A Perfect Flank Steak
  37. A Rainbow Of Grilled Peppers
  38. A Red Chili Nightmare
  39. A Southern North African Sandwich
  40. A Spice Paste From The Thrill Of The Grill
  41. A Sweet Potato-Crab Chowder
  42. A Trio Of Bruschetta
  43. A Two Course Rice - (Arroz Abanda)
  44. A-1 Sauce
  45. Aamti
  46. Aandalusian Partridge
  47. Abbacchio Al Forno - Roasted Suckling Lamb
  48. Abbie's Shrimp
  49. Abc Chicken Soup
  50. Abruzzi Broc
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